Jyotiradiya Scindia, the Congress General Secretary, on Wednesday said the grand old party needed to do some intrsospection to revivie its fortunes, just a day after another senior leader Salman Khurshid lamented about Rahul Gandhi leaving the party when it needed him the most.
Speaking to media, Scindia was responding to a question about senior leader Salman Khurshid's statement about leadership "vacuum" in the party.
"I don't comment on others' statement, but it is true that Congress needs introspection. The party's situation should be assessed and improved, and this is the need of the hour," he said.
Khurshid had said on Monday that the Congress was taking too long to come to terms with its defeat in general elections.
"Our biggest problem is our leader has walked away," Khurshid said, referring to Rahul Gandhi's resignation as party chief.
Scindia, meanwhile, expressed confidence that the Congress would do well in the Maharashtra Assembly polls.
Scindia lost from the Guna parliamentary constituency, his family stronghold to BJP's Krishna Pal Singh Yadav the 2019 general elections.
Khurshid, a former union minister, asserted he had a deep attachment with the party and called for an analysis of why the footprint of the party had shrunk.
"While, on the one hand, there is this self-confidence and attachment with the party, on the other hand, there is this deep concern and pain that such a grand party is going through such a difficult situation.
"And that is why, we believe that to get out of this situation, we need to analyse that why did we get to this stage (hum yahan pahunche toh kyun pahunche)? What were the reasons? What changes have come in the country, in the mindset of this country due to which our footprint has shrunk to so low?" Khurshid had said.
"But, there is this faith that we will bounce back. But to bounce back, the party will have to take steps. The time is very limited. Some (steps) we have taken, we need to take some more," he had remarked.
(With inputs from agencies)